Anxiety Treatment In Houston
How is anxiety taking over your life? What is your anxiety keeping you from doing?
When you have anxiety, you may not be able to turn off your brain. Your mind is filled with worries, negative thoughts that don’t stop, often leaving you stuck in worst-case-scenario fears. Anxiety also shows up in our bodies, often at the worst times. When you most hope to stay calm, it shows up like a weight on your chest, knots in your stomach, or restless energy radiating through your body. Sometimes it seems the only option is to avoid stress-inducing situations, and that can mean missing out on stuff that matters. Little by little anxiety can take over your life.
At Wellness Collaborative, we will help you learn to cope with panic, obsessive thinking, or constant worry. Our goal is to get you doing the things that are most important to you even while you work on your anxiety. Dr. Kelli Wright specializes in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: What You Should Know
ACT is an acceptance-based therapy that’s backed by science on an empirical scale. Based on growing awareness, clarifying values, and comitting to change behavior, ACT has been shown to decrease levels anxiety. It has also been shown to decrease depression, substance misuse, work burnout, and worksite stress. Imagine a therapy which empowers you to successfully free yourself of your anxiety and detrimental patterns, and within a relatively small amount of time (see a study here).
Individuals seeking treatment often find themselves tangled up in a cycle of conflict within their inner lives. ACT is about using the best methods to help you identify and connect with the thoughts and memories that are the root of your Anxiety. Once that happens, you gain new context and accept the events that transpired. From there it consists of honing in on your personal values and committing the the behavior change that is needed going forward.
ACT is about establishing a direction in your life that is consistent with your principals. Once you make contact and accept the underlying causes of your anxiety symptoms, you can take daily action towards your goals without being stuck in an inner battle. This progressive approach can open the door leading to a bright future full of satisfaction, meaning and happiness. For tips about handling your anxiety see our blog post “12 Ways To Manage Anxiety” or contact us to get started today.
Why Do I Need To Dig Up Old Memories?
This is the ‘Acceptance’ part of Acceptance And Commitment Therapy. During sessions you learn the skills necessary to experience and face your memories, thoughts, and feelings that are causing the choas in your life. The methods we use make sure that the experience isn’t painful or scary, but rather the opposite.
When we address and accept the sources of pain, it gives us control back over our situation. A huge part of anxiety tends to come from denying or neglecting certain parts of our past (or present).
Find Balance Again
Accepting the sources of our anxiety can reset the paridaigm, letting us find balance once more. With your newfound clarity you can live each day mindfully, making sure that you take action consistent with your personal values and goals.
You might even take up meditation as a daily habit, giving yourself an opportunity to ‘reset’ and deal with what your subconscious brings to the forefront. Even if daily meditation isn’t your thing, your ACT therapist should be able to help form strategies that work with you.
ACT isn’t pronounced “Ay-see-tee” but rather is pronounced like the word “act”. There is good reason for this – you’re far more likely to fall into destructive patterns if you aren’t taking daily action towards your goals. As human beings we thrive when moving towards goals posts that are based around our core values or principals.
With your newfound mindset gained from accepting the sources of your anxiety, you are positioned to formulate strategies and take action that will make you prosper. Your therapist will help you create a plan that is based around what is important to you.
Are you ready for your best life? Reach out today.
Do you find yourself watching hours go by as the task you have to do goes left undone? Do you tell yourself you’ll do it later – only to push it off until it’s too late?
Many of us have been there. We brush off one thing, then another. Before we know it, our whole life has snowballed into suffocating mediocrity. While you’re in a constant cycle of playing catch-up, the door that leads to the future you want is closing. Don’t let your life become a waiting game overflowing with self doubt.
The truth is these sorts of problems are exactly why Acceptence And Commitment Therapy is practiced today – to help you break out of old behavior and get a new start, equipped with all the tools you need to succeed.
Instead of one failure leading to another missed opportunity, learn how to lean into the future and create success that compounds as time goes on. You can get control over your life back. The first step towards change is always the hardest, but we’re here to help.
Rediscover Your Meaning
Someone once said you can miss the forest when you’re lost among the trees. When you’re stuck dealing with internal conflict, how can you plan the life you want?
At the Wellness Collaborative we take a compassionate approach because we care, and Dr. Kelli Wright is no exception. Let us help you bring a life full of love, meaning and satisfaction. When capable professionals are at your disposal, why resign yourself to a life of the dull and grey?
Other Problems ACT Can Help With
- Eating Disorders
Patients learn to be to deal with body image issues, how to get navigate negative thoughts, and adopted self-care behaviors.
- Chronic Pain
Patients experience increased mobility, reduced pain, miss fewer days at work, and enjoy relief from symptoms of anxiety and depression related to their chronic pain.
Acceptence & Commitment Therapy has been shown to reduce frequency of panic attacks in patients in as little as 10 sessions.
ACT is also helpful with issues regarding:
- Post Traumatice Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Mood Disorders
- Substance Abuse
- Anger Management
- Personality Disorders